Rclone purge does not decrease space used in Google Drive

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

I did an Rclone purge of about 10 out of the 18TB I have stored in google drive. However checking space used is still the same 18TB about 12 hours later.

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)

Rclone 1.5

Which OS you are using and how many bits (eg Windows 7, 64 bit)

macOS 10.15

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

Google Drive

The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

Rclone purge enc:<path>

what version of rclone, as there is no version 1.5?

are the original files still in enc:?

did some of the files get purged?

did you look in the trash?


all the files purged do not show up in enc: anymore. I did see some files in the gdrive trash just now which I emptied through the web interface. Will see if that makes a difference.

you can get latest rclone here

and there is this

@asdffdsa implies Rclone supports Google Drive API v2:

Google Drive web site links:

i did not imply anything, not sure why you would write that?

i simply posted some rclone doc links.....

Yeah, looks like space is coming down after emptying trash and I also issued the cleanup command. I was looking for the deleting files doc but wasn't able to find it before posting. Thanks for sending that.

the difference between delete, purge and how that interacts with the trash is confusing.
we all make that mistake once, never twice :wink:

about cleanup, be careful, it does more than just empty the trash, it will "delete old file versions"

The .../drive#deleting-files page describes --drive-use-trash=false option which implies emptyTrash API call.

so the documents imply that, not me...

  • Agreed, you are strictly correct; you had no such intention.
  • However your action lead to increased knowledge here.
  • IMO this entitles you to some credit and full attribution.
  • I would be clueless on this topic without your action.

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